Police in Turkey announced today that they are holding a DNA matched suspect in connection with the murder of Sarai Sierra, a mom from New York City who was on a photography sojourn in Istanbul when her lifeless body was discovered by the city’s ancient walls last month, according to ABC News.
The suspect in Turkish custody is only being identified by authorities as Ziya T.
Police say that the man has been “on the run” since Sierra’s body was discovered.
The 33-year-old mother of two young children was first reported missing on Jan. 31, the day she was supposed to board a plane and return from Istanbul to N.Y. Her body was discovered on Feb. 2. near the remnants of the ancient walls in Istanbul.
Sarai had been stabbed several times; but an autopsy revealed her ultimate cause of death to be a fatal blow to the head.
The man currently being held in connection with her death is described as a “homeless scrap paper collector” known for frequenting the area of the city’s ancient walls where Sierra’s body was discovered.
Turkish police eventually identified their prime suspect when they discovered that “DNA samples taken from his two brothers and a sister matched those found beneath Sierra's nails.”
Police say that their investigation into the case is still ongoing; and that Ziya T. may be facing possible formal arrest and charges.
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